6 easy ways to detox at home
Now is the perfect time to detox at home. All the excuses you’ve had in the past are gone: there are no business dinners, happy hours, networking events, weddings. Whatever got in the way of committing to a cleanse has been #cancelled. Why not take this time to take your vibration higher with a cleanse?
A detox can help you feel refreshed, boost your energy, and reset your body for the fall. And, luckily, detoxing at home can take many different forms. Here are some easy ways you can remove toxins from your body at home.
Switch up your diet
Detox diets have been used in Native American, Indian, and even ancient Roman culture. But, today, we’re exposed to sooo many more toxins than our ancestors. There are toxins in food, air pollution, water, household cleansers, and cosmetic products.
A detox diet is a great way to reset your body and support your health. There are many detox diets out there. Try one of these three types of food-based cleanses:
- An elimination diet: figure out what your body is sensitive to, and what may be dragging down your energy. This diet can help identify common food sensitivities. “Experiment with taking the top common food sensitivities out of your diet for 21 to 30 days and then systematically add them back in. The foods that are eliminated include gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, eggs, and/or alcohol,” explains one expert.
- A sugar detox: we’ve all reached for that cookie or slice of cake when we’re feeling stressed. A sugar detox is a great idea for anyone struggling with inflammation or low energy. Eliminate all “high glycemic carbohydrates” (read: bread and cookies) as well as fruit that’s high in sugar, artificial sweeteners, and even natural sweeteners like agave.
- A whole foods cleanse: this detox diet is intense, but it will leave you feeling sharper than ever! Eliminate all processed foods and stick to fresh, home-cooked meals. Focus on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, all that good stuff. Most experts recommend adding in cleansing ingredients: water with fresh lemon juice, bitter greens, ginger, and turmeric.
Try a digital detox
A digital detox is one where you step away from those addictive digital devices: smartphones, televisions, computers, tablets, and social media sites. It’s a good way to focus on real-life, social interactions and cutting down on distractions. Research shows that the average American adult spends around 11 hours each day listening to, watching, reading, or interacting with media. How crazy is that?!
There are many health benefits to doing a digital detox: better sleep, better productivity, and healthier eating habits, just to name a few. If the thought of stepping away from social media and texting fills you with anxiety, try doing it for just an hour a day. You can build up to two hours or go a full weekend only using your phone for emergencies.
Do a specific cleanse
A cleanse is a great way to kick up your motivation and tap into your drive. “Maybe the best thing that can be said about cleanses is they’re a good psychological tool for helping to cut back or eliminate unhealthy components of your diet, like sugar or alcohol,” said Everyday Health. With summer winding down, now is a great time to prove to yourself how strong you are in body and willpower.
These cleanses are a great way to reset for the fall:
- Liquid cleanses: also known as a juice cleanse, try limiting your meals to only the extract squeezed from fruits and vegetables.
- Liver cleanses: build your body’s defense against harmful substances with a cleanse for your liver and kidneys! Add apple cider vinegar, green tea, and lemon water into your regular diet.
- Colon cleanses: clean out your digestive tract and promote a healthy gut by adding a probiotic like kefir to your diet.
Consult a professional before you take on any cleanse that could negatively impact your health.
Dry-brush your skin
Celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Gwenyth Paltrow love dry-brushing. It’s a great way to get glowing skin while shedding toxins! To try dry-brushing, take a brush with coarse bristles and use it against the surface of your skin to promote blood flow and get rid of dry skin.
Dry brushing can leave your skin healthier and help you reduce the appearance of cellulite. “It may even stimulate lymphatic drainage, according to board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara,” reports Allure.
Try a mental detox
Last but not least, try a mental detox. Meditation and breathwork are shown to have detoxifying effects. Apps like Headspace and Calm are beloved by users who say just adding 10 minutes of meditation a day helps them feel less anxious, stressed, and depressed.
GOOP also recommends trying a “feelings cleanse.” The occasional emotional decluttering can have an effect on your mind and body. “Think of your mind as you would your kitchen drawers. There’s your junk drawer. It’s irritatingly hectic in there. It’s hard to even shut with so many miscellaneous items accumulating. How much easier is it to cook and clean and get around when all the measuring s